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Airbnb- Guest ratings

  • 11-08-2023 10:24pm
    Registered Users Posts: 5,916 ✭✭✭

    Jayzuz- didn’t know this exists until a recent rental on the site- sorry but this is completely feiced up.

    I understand Airbnb has issues with unruly guests- but both they and the people advertising their properties are making a mint out of the whole thing,

    Imagine your local pub rating you as a customer?

    Fck off - like just fck off- if someone who provides substandard holiday/guest accommodation to me but yet can rate me as a member of Airbnb???

    Go fck yourself Airbnb



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,142 ✭✭✭T-Maxx

    Don't use it then so.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,916 ✭✭✭Oscar_Madison

    I have done up to now, many times but this is the first time the host rated me - can’t believe they’ve introduced this feature. Never knew it existed or how long it’s been there- but I think it’s recent enough- anyway, yeah I won’t be using it if customers are rated as well as hosts.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,003 ✭✭✭suvigirl

    I have lots of guest reviews on air b&b, all good 😊

    Can't see it being different to the reviews of sellers on adverts etc

  • Registered Users Posts: 68,779 ✭✭✭✭L1011

    Its been there since day 1.

    What did they rate you down on? Because I doubt you'd be this annoyed if it was a positive review.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,176 ✭✭✭✭Purple Mountain

    I've never known it not to be there.

    I think it's important.

    For both host and guest to rate each other.

    Wouldn't you like to know as a host who was coming in under your roof?!

    To thine own self be true

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,916 ✭✭✭Oscar_Madison

    Didn’t rate me down at all - it’s just the fact of being rated in the first place that I find extraordinary - a consumer being rated by the producer /sorry I’m probably old fashioned here and a complete dinosaur but since when did people who pay for a product get rated?

    Do people think this is a good thing considering the fees Airbnb charge which are ultimately passed on to the consumer?

    I just don’t get it - I’m used to surveying the producer, not the other way round.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,916 ✭✭✭Oscar_Madison

    But I’m not a host and frankly couldn’t care less

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,003 ✭✭✭suvigirl

    They have been on adverts forever, maybe other marketplace platforms, I'm not sure

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,599 ✭✭✭✭CIARAN_BOYLE

    In theory for the original idea of airbnb this is very good. That is to say a stranger going into someones house and staying in a spare room.

    In general I'm not the biggest fan of the idea.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,916 ✭✭✭Oscar_Madison

    Adverts rates sellers in the main but has also a feature to rate buyers which distinguishes itself from donedeal in a way - but these are mostly one-off purchases or small fry purchases and links sellers with genuine buyers- Airbnb mostly insists on payment in advance of arrival so that issue doesn’t arise- if you trash a place as a buyer, there’s an appeals process and also a ban process so a serial apartment trasher won’t appear in current guise- they’ll likely switch username - but payment at the least will be forthcoming in advance of arrival

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  • Posts: 2,725 [Deleted User]

    We were in Belfast a few years back for a gig and booked an AirBnB. Basic enough place down in the Holylands, but grand for a bed and an early exit back down to civilisation the next morning.

    Place was cold, had a heap of rules in the kitchen, and was just about functional without any love having being put into it.

    Left a 4 star review with no feedback. The owner then responded back and said we hadn't brought a glass down to the kitchen or dressed the bed, and that we weren't in keeping with the "ethos" of AirBnB.

    Then herself started getting a few messages as we had contacted him in advance regarding parking. Threatening enough when we had forgotten about it a week later.

    Took 3 months to close my AirBnB account because of his snarly response. In fairness it didn't take long for the fire regulation authorities in Belfast to get back to me regarding my observations about the property.

  • Registered Users Posts: 25,940 ✭✭✭✭Mrs OBumble

    OP did you realise that taxi driver on FreeNow also rate passengers?

    Anyplace you rate them, you can assume they rate you too.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,916 ✭✭✭Oscar_Madison

    Yeah I got the feeling that regardless of how much I paid, I was the one on “trial” for leaving less than a 5/5 rating - and sorry but that’s just bullshite- and I can’t believe there are people, no less posters on this thread, who think that’s a good thing. It’s total and utter bollox- I’ll use Airbnb again but if there’s pressure on buyers to keep a good rating, that just means sub standard accommodation will be rated highly coz no one wants the “hassle” of a bad review either way- it’s complete commercial facisim- FFS🤪

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,142 ✭✭✭T-Maxx

    I really fail to understand what the issue is here. Surely you can understand that as a host I'd rather have people with a good overall rating as opposed to some dirty scumbags known to leave the place in a mess.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,264 ✭✭✭pgj2015

    I wish I could rate my passengers, they can rate my business but I cant rate them as I dont use free now or any of the apps.

    Customers who book a taxi then turn their phone off rather than letting you know they dont need the taxi anymore.

    booking a taxi a month in advance, then cancelling it by text 10 minutes before the trip.

    whats good for the goose is good for the gander and if a person has a lot of bad reviews from different hosts then it will be obvious that they are a problem.

  • Registered Users Posts: 172 ✭✭pat_sconce

    So you left someone's gaff in rag order and they have called you out on it to warn others.

    That's why Airbnb works. Hosts can weed out destructive guests

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,561 ✭✭✭JeffKenna

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,706 ✭✭✭chooseusername

    Where on the site can I find how I've been rated as a guest?

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,518 ✭✭✭✭Dav010

    I’ve hosted/been a guest on Airbnb for years. The reviews are absolutely vital to both hosts and guests. I always read the reviews of the places I want to stay, I check the guest reviews of those who want book my house, and I always give good reviews to good guests. I don’t stay in places with bad reviews, and I don’t let to guests who have bad reviews. It is a fantastic system as it ensures hosts keep standards high, and guests behave themselves.

    Incidentally, neither can see the others review until both are submitted or 14 days after the visit, this prevents bias/pressure based on the others review, If you are a good guest, you should have no concerns, if you aren’t, then it’s good that other hosts are warned.

    if you don’t like it, tough.

  • Registered Users Posts: 172 ✭✭pat_sconce


    This is exactly how Airbnb works.

    I have my settings to approve guests before confirming a booking.

    I check their ratings, read between the lines and decide.

    I decline about 2 in 5. Americans are the worst in terms of tidiness, Brits always look for an angle of complaint to try and get partial refund.

    Unless you have 5 stars from the majority of your stays, I'll reject it. (Btw, it is an official holiday home with correct planning for short stays)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 503 ✭✭✭dickdasr1234


  • Registered Users Posts: 503 ✭✭✭dickdasr1234

    What a presumptious, ignorant response. And from a revered moderator too!

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,518 ✭✭✭✭Dav010

    Log in, click on your profile. They list the reviews by and about you.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,518 ✭✭✭✭Dav010

    TBF, op’s reaction to a review seems out of proportion in the absence of something he/she isn’t happy with. So not so presumptuous.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,518 ✭✭✭✭Dav010

    Same, I tend to favour families. Absolutely never let to anyone with a bad review.

  • Registered Users Posts: 503 ✭✭✭dickdasr1234

    Betheholyjaysus. These days you don't even need a to buy a dictionary!

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,418 ✭✭✭loobylou

    At the end of a stay a host will be asked to rate you on the following criteria on a 1-5 star basis,

    How clean you left the place

    How well you followed house rules

    How well you communicated with the host.

    They then write a short review of the guest which attaches to the guests profile page and will be visible to other potential hosts that the guest contacts in future,

    A host may also add a note that will only be visible to the ex-guest.

    A host will also be asked privately by Airbnb whether or not they would recommend that guest to future hosts, although I have no idea how Airbnb use this information. I guess if enough hosts say no the person will be dropped by Airbnb as a customer.

    The five star rating system used is rather crude, even a 4 star is very damaging to a persons reputation. As a host I would be somewhat wary of any enquiry from guests with less than a 4.5 average.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,493 ✭✭✭✭mariaalice

    There is good pyscology behind it, it is related to the thread on antisocial behaviour by teens as well, on this thread it's an adult that is annoyed about good or bad behaviour having consquances.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,493 ✭✭✭✭mariaalice

    The idea around social credit are similar. I happened to be on a flight when two drunken idiots kicked off, as soon as the plane landed the poiice met the plane by that stage they has sobered up a bit, as we got off we hear the conversion with the police they were being told they could be banned from flying for 2 years. The look on their faces shocked that actions have consequences.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,916 ✭✭✭Oscar_Madison

    What on earth are you on about? Ive already said the review wasn’t bad